is to move the seat automatically," said Christopher Meyer, product engineer
for CMT. "We believe if you move, it improves your comfort, reduces fatigue,
promotes alertness and increases blood flow to the lower extremities.
invented by a chiropractor, combines a proprietary software algorithm with the
vehicle's power seat hardware. At regular intervals, the software wakes up the
power functions, opening and closing the seat like a clamshell. The key is the
motion of the seat bottom, which moves in half-degree increments until it
reaches a total travel of three degrees. In addition to working with the
brushless dc motors that move the so-called "seat pan," it also interfaces with
the seat's recline motor and lumbar support motors, if the vehicle incorporates
is to redistribute the pressure points in the body and change the way forces travel
through the spine," Meyer said.†
engineers say that by supplying motion, the company's patented software concept
provides a function that vehicle occupants normally seek when they naturally move
around in their seats during long drives.
body is very dynamic," notes the inventor, Dr. Paul Phipps, in an online video
describing the technology. "It craves motion. Motion is how it functions well."
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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